Tree planting is in the spotlight right now and November has been a month of successes. Millions of trees have gone into the ground. Political leaders have pledged to plant millions more. But we can’t stop now. We must use this momentum to drive for a UK rich in native woods and trees and tackle the climate emergency.  

Put trees and woods at the heart of this election

We want every candidate in this election to commit to a UK rich in woods and trees. In the midst of this climate emergency, those who aspire to be our elected representatives have to be ready to act. Some parties have promised to plant more trees, but we also need better protection for our irreplaceable ancient trees. And we need world leading laws and institutions to secure the future for wildlife.

Make sure your local candidates know just how important trees are to you.

The Big Climate Fightback continues

Our Big Climate Fightback campaign culminated in tree planting events across the UK on 30 November, with over 265,000 people taking part!

Tens of thousands of trees were planted by schools, community groups, parish councils and individuals in their gardens.  The mass planting day also marked Tree Charter Day, the only national day celebrating the UK’s tree heritage.

The trees you planted will play a crucial role in tackling climate change and biodiversity loss, helping to:

  • absorb carbon
  • fight flooding
  • reduce pollution
  • nurture wildlife
  • make landscapes more resilient.

Thank you so much for taking part. Your response is proof that everyone can play a part in tackling climate change. While the mass planting day is over, it’s not too late to join in the fight for the future of our planet – you can still donate, or buy trees from our shop and get planting!

Smithy Wood threatened by service station proposal

In 2014, Extra MSA Group submitted a proposal to Sheffield City Council to build a motorway service station off the M1. The site was in the middle of Smithy Wood in South Yorkshire.

This 15 hectare ancient woodland site is designated as a Local Wildlife Site and boasts swathes of beautiful bluebells each year.

Extra’s proposal was put on hold while neighbouring Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council considered an alternative proposal from rival company, Applegreen. Its service station proposal is based two junctions further south on the M1. This proposal has now been given the go ahead, removing the need for Extra’s service station in Smithy Wood.

We hope this means that Smithy Wood is now safe, but it’s not yet clear. We’ll be contacting Sheffield City Council to follow up on the future of the Smithy Wood application.

Autumnal view of multi-branched ancient in well populated woodland

Protecting trees and woods

Saved: Smithy Wood

After years of campaigning, the application for a motorway service station within Smithy Wood's ancient setting has finally been withdrawn.

Swansea Tree Forum plants prize trees

Swansea Tree Forum is a fantastic example of what residents can achieve when they work together to stand up for street trees. Having come together just a year ago, the forum held its first tree planting event at Swansea Guildhall on 27 November.

The group started as a handful of campaigners with placards concerned about the felling of mature trees to make way for new developments. The ‘Save Swansea’s Trees’ campaign generated so much attention for the city’s trees that it won our Street Trees Community Action Award on Tree Charter Day, 24 November 2018. The prize included 10 semi-mature trees to plant in the community, which were planted last month.

One year on, the formalised, award-winning forum is meeting regularly with the local council and Woodland Trust, as well as drawing support from other environmentally-minded organisations across the city. By working together, this network of people is making Swansea greener by planting, promoting and protecting urban trees.

Trees with pink blossom on a street with buildings and lots of vehicles

Protecting trees and woods

The Street Trees project

Poor management, shrinking budgets and simple neglect means our street trees are disappearing. It's up to us to demand change.

Stand up for street trees

Help protect ancient woods and trees